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Mar 7, 2012 12:30am EST
special report on today's voting from alaska to georgia .. >> mitt romney had hoped to over wellment his rivals tonight, instead he found himself in a fierce struggle with rick santorum. >> romney claimed wins in three states, massachusetts, where he was once governor, and vermont and virginia. but santa santa bested him in the north dakota caucuses and the oklahoma and tennessee primaries. >> and newt gingrich came up with a single win in his home state of georgia. >> one of the night's biggest prizes, ohio, remained too close to call, with santorum and romney in a virtual tie. romney spent this election night in massachusetts and addressed his support in other words boston, here is some of what he said. >> this, it is wonderful to be able to go home tonight for the first time in two months. [ cheers and applause ] >> and what cash ann said it right. what a great night. we are so excited to be in the bay state tonight, celebrating with family, with friends who have worked just tirelessly on this campaign. and of course it is such an on or to have the citizens that i served as govern
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Mar 3, 2012 4:00am EST
idea about how good a week this was for mitt romney. last week at this table we were talking about whether he might even survive the week, like his home state of michigan, whether he would lose that. republican leaders were debating whether their nominating convention was ghog going to be utter chaos. now republicans are debating whether romney's challengers should step aside to allow him to unify the party. don't think this thing is over yet. we'll get to why in a moment. first we start with mitt romney's very good week with victories in michigan and arizona under his belt. he tried again to turn his attention back to president obama. >> this campaign is a choice for america as to what kind of a country we want. barack obama is turning us into a european welfare-type society, where people feel they're entitled to what their neighbor has. gwen: but he has to get through sup tuesday first. is ohio this week's michigan? >> you know, it is. the stakes are high. in this race momentum hasn't meant what it's meant in other campaigns, where you win one contest and that carries you on to t
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Mar 24, 2012 3:30am EDT
, illinois. >> this week on "inside washington," romney wins in illinois and receives a much saw after endorsement from juppe bush. -- jeb bush. >> the astonishment, the money, versus the people. >> they want medicare to wither on the vine and died. >> if we operate our political fear, nothing is ever going to get done. >> the supreme court hears arguments on the obama health care law. >> it is the number one reason a barack obama should not be returned to office. >> the nfl comes down hard on bounty hunters. >> i don't know any other fraternity were somebody tries to knock out one of his brothers. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> is mitt romney finally closing the deal? he won a brick or we go on saturday and illinois -- won puerto rico on saturday and illinois. jeb bush clearly not in love with the guy, but he finally endorsed him. conservative that the senator jim demint said it is pretty clear who the nominee will be. what should of been a terrific week for mitt romney took zero weird turn. when asked how romney would proceed if he won the nomina
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Mar 24, 2012 3:00am EDT
of maybe the etch a sketch candidate for the future. gwen: does romney have a knock on the nomination or is he still a weak front run er? on capitol hill, paul ryan once again throws down the gauntlet on the size of the federal budget. >> if we simply operate simply based on political fear, nothing's ever going to get done. gwen: is this the beginning or the end of it? joining us is pierre thomas of abc news, dans balz of "the washington post," sam youngman of reuters and naftali bendavid of "the wall street journal." >> live from our nation's capital, this is "washington week with gwen ifill" produced in association with national journal. >> a line is a powerful thing. it connects to your global economy to your living room, cleaner air to stronger markets, factory floors to less crowded roads. today's progress to tomorrow's promise. norfolk southern, one line, infinity possibilities. >> corporate funding is also provided by prudential financial, boeing, additional funding is provided by the annenburg foundation, the coorps by public broadcasting and from contributions from viewers li
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Mar 31, 2012 1:00am EDT
over, even if the other three guys just won't quit. but to drive his point home, mitt romney is rolling out endorsements and focusing his fire almost exclusively on president obama. >> i think it is important for us to selection a nominee and get on with a campaign that will focus on two very different visions for america -- the one presented by president obama and the one presented by me if i were to be the nominee. gwen:he is sitting there next to george h.w. bush and barbara bush as hay they endorsed him yesterday. is he going to get a clear running field with those endorsements? >> you certainly think so. not necessarily because he has won over all republicans from the atlantic to the pacific, but because time is running out. it's the end of march. 29 states, all the territories, have voted, but he's still not even halfway there in terms of delegates. not necessarily his fault but the rules are different this time with a winner take all versus proportional but he's close to this. the wisconsin primary next tuesday is probably the place where rick santorum will make one of hi
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Mar 7, 2012 5:00am EST
afghanistan after their vehicle exploded in helmand province. a super tuesday for mitt romney as he wins the key republican primary in ohio and five other states. >> our campaign is on the move and real change is finally on the way. >> unions in south africa planned protest marches against planned road tolls. welcome to bbc news. after 20 years of economic stagnation in japan, we hear the voice of a lost generation of 20-year-old who have never known secure work. six british soldiers are missing in afghanistan believed killed. it happened in the south of the country. there was an explosion near an armored vehicle on tuesday. the families have been informed. it brings the total number of british soldiers killed to more than 400. we will show you pictures of those soldiers in a moment. first, our defense correspondents has details on this new attack from the ministry of defense in central london. >> there's still some confusion as to what exactly happened. at is in part because we understand this warrior vehicle, the six soldiers were travelling in near highway 1 near candy kandahar,
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Mar 17, 2012 4:00am EDT
. policies are on edge again. >> this is the end of the rope again. gwen: mitt romney is ready to claim the nomination. >> some who are conservative may not be in my corner. gwen: he has to shake off santorum first. >> we did it again. gwen: as gas prices soar, the president takes aim at republicans on energy policy. >> when some of these folks were around when columbus set sail, they must have been members of the flat earth society and would not have believed that the world was round. gwen: covering the week in policy and politics, martha raddatz and alexis simendinger and karen tumulty. >> award winning annual is, covering history as it happens. live from our nation's capital, this is "washington week" with gwen ifill. corporate funding is provided by -- >> since 1875, we have been there for our clients through good times and bad. when their needs changed, we were there to meet them. from insurance to investment management to real estate and retirement solutions, we developed new ideas for the financial challenges ahead. this rock has never stood still. and that's one thing that
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Mar 3, 2012 4:30am EST
win by enough, but we won by enough. that is what counts. >> mitt romney it squeaks by in michigan. >> if you want to talk about someone who has led on every moral issue -- >> rick santorum, culture warrior. >> coming up, super tuesday. >> these are the most perilous times facing our country. >> olympia snow, that up and going back to maine. >> one of the most active 40 chapters in american military history -- one of the most extraordinary chapters in american military history. >> mitt romney was born in michigan, grew up in michigan. his father was the governor of michigan. in 2008, he beat john mccain by nine percentage points in michigan. this week, he almost lost the michigan primary to rick santorum. why? >> i am not willing to light my hair on fire to get support. >> he is who he is. why did that work against him? >> there are a lot of republicans who do not think romney is one of him -- them. they do not see him as the standard bearer for the conservative party. you see it as he almost lost michigan. he sees it as winning by enough. in a certain sense, i have to say he is co
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Mar 10, 2012 4:30am EST
better. >> this week on "inside washington," romney wins more than he loses on super tuesday. >> if the governor thinks he is ordained by god it to win, let's have it out. >> iran and talk of war. >> those who are beating the drums of war should explain clearly to the american people what the costs and benefits would be. >> a visit by the israeli prime minister. >> we are together. >> the energy debate. >> the president of the united states is lobbying against american jobs. >> newt versus rick -- who will blink first? >> i am the tortoise. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> it was not an act out, but romney did ohio, massachusetts, virginia, and it looks unlikely that santorum or gingrich or ron paul can come up with enough delegates to take it away from him. but according to the latest "wall street journal"/nbc news poll, the candidates have taken a beating in this campaign. romney -- peter hart says that the voters just don't know who the guy is or what his values are. >> i want to know what you want to be remembered for. >> around my home, i wan
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Mar 14, 2012 6:00pm EDT
and mitt romney, after santorum bested the frontrunner in alabama and mississippi. rick santorum celebrated his victories last night in lafayette, louisiana and said they make him the one true conservative alternative to mitt romney. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure... to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election, and the best chance to win this election is to nominate a conservative to go up against barack obama, who can take him >> suarez: from there, it was off to puerto rico, ahead of the primary there on sunday, with 23 delegates at stake. in san juan, santorum argued again that it's now between romney and himself. romney had sounded confident yesterday, on cnn, before learning that he finished third in both alabama and mississippi. >> senator santorum is at the desperate end of his campaign and is trying in some way to boost his prospects. >> some who are conservative may not be this my cam many but they will be when i face the nominee and face barack obama. and the campaign issued a public memo that says
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Mar 23, 2012 6:00pm EDT
santorum fired practice shots at a sheriff's shooting range. he leads mitt romney by double digits in recent polls. romney attacked president obama's health care overhaul. newt gingrich and ron paul also campaigned, hoping to keep their chances alive. the chief executive of m.f. global, former senator jon corzine, gave the order to transfer $200 million of clients' money just days before the firm collapsed. that's according to a congressional memo released today by investigators trying to track $1.6 billion of missing customer funds. it included an email sent by a firm executive stating the money transfer was "per j.c.'s instructions" to cover an overdraft. last december, corzine testified before lawmakers that he did not know where any of the money went. on wall street, stocks eked out small gains today. the dow jones industrial average gained more than 34 points to close above 13,080 points. the nasdaq rose more than four points to close at 3,068. for the week, the dow lost more than 1%; the nasdaq rose four tenths of a percent. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back t
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Mar 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
race. rick santorum was at the supreme court on monday, arguing his case that mitt romney is ill- suited to challenge the president on the subject. >> there's one candidate who is uniquely disqualified to make the case. it's the reason i'm here and he's not; the reason that i talk about obamacare and its impact on the economy and fundamental freedoms and mitt romney doesn't. it's because he can't, because he supported government run healthcare as governor of massachusetts. >> woodruff: the massachusetts plan that romney signed into law, has long been considered a political liability among many conservatives. but the former governor has forcefully defended the program, including in michigan last may, before he officially announced his candidacy. >> i recognize that a lot pundits around the nation are saying that i should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that this was a bone-headed idea, and i should just admit it: it was a mistake, and walk away. i presume that a lot of folks think that if i did that it would be good for me politically. there's only one proble
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Mar 1, 2012 6:00pm EST
on the day's events, in the run-up to super tuesday. >> reporter: mitt romney started his campaign day in energy-rich north dakota hammering president obama over the surging price of gasoline. >> he should be hanging his head and taking a little bit of the blame for what's going on today. >> reporter: gas prices have pushed their way onto the campaign agenda, rising 45 cents a gallon since the first of the year. but in a blog post today, the white house again highlighted figures showing u.s. reliance on oil imports falling in each of the three years of the obama presidency. back in fargo, romney argued it would be down even more, if not for the president's policies, including his veto of a plan to speed up the keystone oil pipeline project. >> when someone says do you want to bring in a pipeline that's going to create tens of thousands of jobs to bring oil in from canada how in the world can you say no? but he did. this is a president that does not understand energy. he is the problem not the solution. >> reporter: the president counterpunched in nashua, new hampshire, rejecting re
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Mar 9, 2012 6:00pm EST
2009, a month after the president's inauguration. republican presidential front- runner mitt romney took note of that fact today, as he had last night in pascagoula, mississippi. >> when he became president, he asked us to let him borrow $787 billion. he said if he got the money, he would keep unemployment below 8%. it has not been below 8% since. this guy had a lot of things to say, but hasn't delivered a lot. >> suarez: former house speaker newt gingrich issued a statement about the job numbers. in it, he said: "any new job is a welcome paycheck for the american worker. but as past recoveries show, the current rate of growth will leave the american economy sputtering for years to come." still, people hunting work have to hope that other recent signs bode well, with consumer confidence at its highest in a year, and new claims for jobless benefits near a four-year low. for more on all this, we turn to lisa lynch, dean of the heller school for social policy and management at brandeis university. she's a former chief economist at the labor department; and diane swonk, senior managing
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Mar 8, 2012 6:00pm EST
. mitt romney's wife, ann, had this to say on super tuesday night. >> do you know what women care about? women care about jobs. >> woodruff: whatever drives women to the polls in november, democrats hoped the events of recent weeks will ultimately work to their benefit. for a closer look we are joined by "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and republican strategist cheri jacobus, the founder of capitol strategies and columnist for "the hill" newspaper. we thank you both for being here. >> thank you. >> warner:. >> woodruff:, so ruth, how important is the the women's vote in a presidential election? >> the women's vote is very important for the simple fact that women tend to be a majority of the electorate. and so women are stronger voters and they are also stronger democratic voters than men so the president needs to have women by his side, strong women by his side if he's going to be elected. >> cheri, typically what issues are more important to women voters than they are to men or can you say that there's a pattern for women? >> first of all, women are people and they care a lot a
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Mar 6, 2012 7:00pm EST
five republican presidential delegates at stake, mitt romney has a strong chance to break away from his challengers and wrap up the republican nomination. darren gersh explains what that could mean for the rest of the campaign. >> reporter: the votes are still being cast, but the presidential campaign felt more like a face- off today. mitt romney appeared by satellite to speak to a pro- israel lobbying group. touching on the issue that has unnerved the oil markets, romney called president obama's outreach to iran "naive." >> hope is not a foreign policy. the only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve. >> reporter: the president, appearing before a news conference, hit back against romney and other republicans for what he called their "casual attitude" to war. and he contrasted that with the decisions he's made to send men and women into battle. >> and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy. this is not a game. there is nothing casual about it. >> reporter: get used to this kind of back and forth. po
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Mar 7, 2012 5:30pm EST
clarity, think again. voters in 10 states cast their ballots, romney walked away with five. rick santorum won three states, and a good dose of conservative affection. >> smiles from the leading candidates that this was a deeply split verdict. in the bellwether state, governor romney won after a nail biting night. and after spending nearly four times as much as rick santorum. >> where counting up the delegates, it looks good. we are counting down the days until november, and that looks even better. >> races all over this country, against the odds. when they thought, he is finally finished, we keep coming back. >> the battle for the republican nomination is set to drag on. voters torn between the the strongest challenger to the president and to the reliable champion of conservative causes. so how can governor romney clinch the nomination? if he moved to the right, he might alienate the republican center ground. another solution could be for rick santorum to be cut his -- become romney's running mate. the deadline is fast approaching. in august, the convention that besides the candi
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Mar 5, 2012 6:00pm EST
mitt romney today was about staying focused on one of tomorrow's biggest prizes: ohio. and on president obama and the economy. >> this is a failed presidency. he's a nice guy. but he's over his head. >> reporter: romney did not mention his republican opponents by name but in canton, ohio, he said his background stands out. >> i understand why jobs come and why they go. other people in this race have debated about the economy. they've read about the economy. they've talked about it in sub committee meetings, but i've actually been in it. >> reporter: late polling has romney coming back in ohio to take a 34-31% lead over former pennsylvania senator rick santorum. the survey put former house speaker newt gingrich and texas congressman ron paul far behind. but at a town hall near dayton santorum urged ohio voters not to be swayed by those numbers. >> don't listen to the polls. don't listen to all the media hype and all the things about what this race is about. just focus in on whether we want a man who can stand up and paint a very different vision for this country, someone who ha
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Mar 17, 2012 4:30am EDT
elite media's effort to convince the nation that mitt romney is inevitable it just collapsed. >> if i am a weak front runner, what does that make newt gingrich? >> if you give it these guys the keys to the white house, they will bankrupt the middle-class again. >> is there really a war on women? >> we women have a serious problem with the republican party. >> the massacre in afghanistan. and the new hbo movie "game change." >> i never want to deal with that woman again. >> how true enough to live? >> true enough to make me squirm. >> do you know what the fed is? captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> on super tuesday it, mitt romney inched by rick santorum in ohio, a must-win state in the general election. why oh why did he ever leave ohio? ricmitt romney did windy awlaki : this is an american -- win the awlaki : this is an american samoa. >> in both states, conservative candidates th about 50% of the vote, and if you are the front runner and you keep coming in third, you are not much of a front runner. >> by the way, last night i got more delegates tha
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Mar 7, 2012 6:00pm EST
the campaign trail today after mitt romney won six contests on super tuesday, but failed to put away his closest rival rick santorum. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, we assess the state of play in the g.o.p. race with pollster andrew kohut, susan page of usa today, and trey grayson of harvard university's institute of politics. >> ifill: then, jeffrey brown looks at the diplomatic options available for dealing with the potential of a nuclear iran. >> woodruff: from the democratic republic of congo, fred de sam lazaro reports on one organization's efforts to help heal communities after two decades of continuous warfare. >> i don't like to fight >> ifill: ray suarez talks to m lahood, back in the u.s. after he and several other americans were detained in egypt. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic
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Mar 6, 2012 5:30pm EST
mitt romney. if you look at delegates, even if he were to win all the votes up for grabs, it would still not give him the nomination. but it would make him look unstoppable. the question is whether or not either of his key rivals, newt gingrich or rick santorum, would see it that way. it is also a question not just about ohio, but whether mitt romney is capable of attracting a significant number of delegates across the nation. >> this is the wildest of primary races i think i have ever seen. what are the people in ohio telling you they are looking for in their candidate? >> the economy remains front and center as the key issue. they are looking for someone who can credibly deal with the economy to create jobs. ohio, like many other key swing states has suffered more than the rest of the country. although the trajectory would indicate that it is recovering at a faster pace. in terms of the arguments being made by mitt romney and rick santorum, mitt romney was trying to present himself as a man of the people, the man who could feel the pain of the workers that have lost their jobs or
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Mar 2, 2012 6:00pm EST
vote on super tuesday. but mitt romney took time to swing through bellevue, washington, hoping to secure a win in tomorrow's caucuses there. >> there are going to be a bunch of states that are going to make their mind up in the next couple of days, but you guys are first, and so your voice is going to be heard. ( applause ) it will just make a big difference, so please make sure and go to the caucus site, and get your friends to do the same thing. >> holman: ron paul also was in washington, speaking in spokane. >> you know, things have been going very well. we keep coming back to washington because we expect to do real well here. ( cheers and applause ) >> holman: from the pacific northwest, romney headed to ohio, a critical super tuesday prize, where rick santorum held a small lead in a new poll. santorum appealed for support today in chillicothe. >> you have a chance to make a statement that we want someone who is a conservative in their heart, in their soul, in their mind; someone who's not afraid to stand up and talk about all of the issues. >> holman: in a press release, but
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Mar 6, 2012 6:00pm EST
did mitt romney, pressing for a tougher line on iran. >> a nuclear iran is not only a problem for israel. it's a problem for america and it's a problem for the world. >> woodruff: and rick santorum who addressed the apac gathering in person. >> we have a whole lot of primaries going on all across the nation. ten of them. but i wanted to come off the campaign trail to come here. >> woodruff: but for romney and santorum, ohio was the day's major focus and the closest contest. romney was hoping to overtake santorum there. he was also favored in massachusetts and vermont and in virginia where some polling stations look like ghost towns. the low turnout was mostly because only romney and texas congressman ron paul qualified for the ballot. paul focused his campaign mostly in the west. he was the only candidate to visit alaska. today he stumped in idaho. >> this is a very special day. idaho is a very special state. we're expecting lots of things to happen. >> woodruff: so the republican hopefuls await tonight's results with only one thing seemingly certain: regardless of the outcome the
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Mar 31, 2012 3:30am EDT
a fundamental way. >> marco rubio endorses mitt romney but will not run with him. >> i am not going to be vice president. >> we are going to say this country from a future of debt, doubt, and decline. >> the conversation over the killing of trayvon martin. >> trayvon was our son, but trayvon was your son. a lot of people can relate to our situation. >> after the election i have more flexibility. >> and open mike nights the president at the south korean summit. russia, to ou without question our number one geopolitical foe. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> the supreme court took up the affordable health care act this week. it was a rare three-day oral argument. outside the court, a full throated display of democracy with protesters, politicians, and yes, pundits. date to, the justices took up the mandate, the provision that would force americans to take up insurance or pay a fine. we heard justice kennedy say that the many changes the relationship of the government to the individual in a fundamental way. his vote could be a key. so could chief just
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Mar 15, 2012 6:00pm EDT
absolutely love is this anti-romney facebook group. one million irish seters against mitt romney. and here you have the dog on top of the ints dent that happened 30 years ago. >> it's been a great organizing tool. but there's also groups like mitt romney is a big government rhino. >> pelley: republican in name only. not an african large mammal. >> without the "h." >> and here's the negative newt web site on facebook, the page on facebook. no to newt gingrich and if you look at the little girl in the front she has a big yawn on her face they have a thousand followers. >> and there are less polite ones like "newt gingrich will you please shut up." so it's a way for people who are animated enough by politics that they don't like somebody who's running to share that and then when you turn to president obama there's one group that has the title i hate it when i wake up in the morning and barack obama is president but there's a group called nobama countdown. 226,000 people liked it and you can buy t-shirts and caps. >> it's commerce. and if you take this out of the realm of people who
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Mar 9, 2012 9:30pm EST
romney wants. it is going to be a fight to the finish. thank you all very much. we have to leave a -- you a few minutes early toll give you a chance to support your local pbs station. we'll pick up where we left off on our "washington week" extra. for more go to pbs.org/ washingtonweek. i'll be on line to getting it at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. keep up with developments on time and we'll see you here next week on "washington week." >> good night. >> download our weekly podcast and take us with you. it is the "washington week" podcast at walkweek.org. >> "washington week" was produced by weta which is solely responsible for its content. >> funding for washington week is provided by -- >> we know why we're here. to give our war fighters every advantage. >> to deliver technologies that anticipate the future today. >> and help protect america everywhere from the battle place to cyberspace mple -- cyberspace. >> around the globe, the people of boeing are working together to give our best for america's best. >> that's why we're here. >> funding for "washington week" is provided by the corp
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Mar 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
decidedly southern flavor today with mitt romney, rick santorum annuity gingrich all campaigning in alabama or mississippi. on fox and friends this morning, romney said regardless of what happens there tuesday, he is ultimately going to beat santorum, his nearest rival. >> we're closing the deal state by state delegate by delegate. i guess two, two-and-a-half times as many delegates as he is, about the same number of state advantages that he has, many more republican voters than he has. we're pretty pleased with the progress we're making. >> woodruff: late polling suggested santorum and gingrich might split the more conservative vote tomorrow and create an opening for romney. with that in mind, the former massachusetts governor campaigned in rainy mobile, alabama, today winning the endorsement of comedian jeff foxworthy. meanwhile on nbc's today show, rick santorum was doing his own calculation. and insisting that romney won't win if the contest goes to the republican convention. >> they are not going to nominate a moderate massachusetts governor who has been outspending his opponen
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Mar 19, 2012 6:00pm EDT
race today was on tomorrow's primary in illinois. in springfield, mitt romney kept his focus on president obama. he conceded the economy is improving, but he argued the president's policies have prevented a much stronger comeback. >> the economy always comes back after recession, of course. there's never been one that we didn't recover from. the problem is this one has been deeper than it needed to be and a slower recovery than it should have been by virtue of the policies of this president. almost everything he's done has made it harder for this economy to recover. >> sreenivasan: the romney campaign also aired a television ad in illinois accusing santorum of being an "economic lightweight." but in rockford, santorum shot back that romney's own economic credentials leave a lot to be desired. heard governor romney here call me an economic lightweight. because i wasn't a wall street financier like he was. do you really believe this country wants to elect a wall street financier as the president of the united states? do you think that's the kind of experience we need? >> sreenivas
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Mar 16, 2012 6:00pm EDT
point. >> the campaign, david, where does it stand mitt romney we thought he had a shot in mississippi and alabama rick san torricksantorum one. newt begi gingrich is still in e race where are are we. from one qa quagmire to another. we are nearly halfway done the campaign. it will go on. i don't think that romney is not going to get the nomination. i think he will get the nomination. if you look at the delegate mass. he is way ahead. and he is likely to stay ahead. will he get enough delegates to clear the nomination. i think he will be close. i say that because what has happened in campaign after campaign or state after state is purely the battle of demographics. up-scale voters and middle scale voters going for romney. and down scale and rural voters go for sanatorium. henry olsen points out every place where there is a major league baseball park romney carries that place. every place ther there is a a mr league team sa santorum carries that place. if you look at the other states california and illinois there are more romney people. you would expect him to get the nomina
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Mar 3, 2012 5:00am EST
for the presidency is mitt romney. at least he is this week once more after winning two primaries. this is set to run until the party convention this summer. this has demonstrated that no one is meaner to a politician than someone who claims to be on the same side. it just ask herman cain. he believed that he could deliver the white house for the republicans that he was forced to foul out of the race. -- she was forced to bow out of the race. >> herman cain was the are the republican who inspired the bumper sticker, the pizza man zero ways delivers. toss the beets and man always delivers. -- the pizza man always delivers. he earned the accolade of the most covered candidate in the race. his tehran orthodox candidacy had everything that the media could ask for. -- his unorthodox canada see had everything that the media could ask for. he had viral video is, foreign policy fumbles, but it was his folksy qualities that propelled him from successful businessman to the political front line. he was confirmed as the republican front runner and he briefly led president obama in the polls.
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Mar 22, 2012 5:00am EDT
states, jeb bush says he is backing mitt romney. his father and brother are both former presidents and is regarded an influential figure in the republican party. to catch up on sports. >> hello. six months after he was pulled by his manager he has no future in manchester, the argentine striker has reappeared in the premier league. they came from behind to beat chelsea two-one at home. they are just a point behind manchester united. chelsea have the lead. sergio had a 78 minute penalty. eight minutes later, they had the winner. he said he will have an important part to play in the championship. >> he is not 100%. but he knows football very well. he knows where he should take more and did a fantastic job. >> his confirmation of the results. arsenal has moved up 2 1/3. -- to third. a header rescued them at home. liverpool's hopes of qualifying have taken another knock. wandered of lead -- they squandered a lead. that is it from me for now. >> in belgium, the country continues to grieve for following the crash which killed 22 children and six adults. this is the scene live. a public ceremo
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Mar 20, 2012 6:00pm EDT
presidential race, with 54 delegates at stake. mitt romney poured television ad money into the state looking to add to his delegate lead. he already had more than twice as many delegates as rick santorum, his closest challenger. wall street gave up some ground today, after two reports pointed to a possible slowdown in china. the dow jones industrial average lost nearly 69 points to close at 13,170. the nasdaq fell four points to close at 3074. the hunt for amelia earhart will begin anew this july. american scientists and historians announced today they will explore waters around a remote pacific island. in washington, team leader ric gillespie pointed to recent analysis of a photograph taken shortly after earhart disappeared in 1937. it showed what could be wreckage of her plane's landing gear. >> that was a very important piece of information because it gave us a point last seen. this is where the airplane went into the drink, washed over the edge by rising tides and surf. it gives us a point to start our search. >> sreenivasan: earhart and her navigator, fred noonan, were trying to fly aro
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Mar 16, 2012 9:30pm EDT
. >> mitt romney, rick santorum and newt gingrich, these guys have a different economically philosophy than we do. it is kind of amazing, gingrich, romney and santorum, they don't let the facts get in their way. gwen: joe biden doesn't use the names which barack obama doesn't use the names. have the democrats decided they can't sit on the sidelines anymore? >> the morning after super tuesday, the chicago campaign was talking about the things that were stressing them out the most. this was still going on so long and romney is eventually going to be the nominee and too long for them to stand and wait for the nominee to show up. they started talking about dispatching joe biden to be the ambassador to the middle class, that wasn't the phrase they used but that was their idea. gwen: interesting they would need an ambassador to the middle class. >> but joe biden from scranton, pennsylvania. the president is spending the entire day and will not be back in washington until the morning after he has departed, two cities, five events, money, money, money and concerned about this of the independent mon
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Mar 21, 2012 6:00pm EDT
today's statement. in the presidential campaign, republican mitt romney picked up new support after winning the illinois primary on tuesday. he won the endorsement of former florida governor jeb bush, who urged republicans to unite. in arbutus, maryland, romney said he got the word just before starting his campaign day. >> my cell phone rang and i looked at it and it just said jeb on it. i picked up the phone and it was jeb bush. and i didn't even have to ask, he said, mitt, i want to let you know that i'm endorsing you today and that was good news. >> sreenivasan: at the same time, a senior aide of his generated new criticism that romney will shed his conservative positions once he has the nomination wrapped up. eric fehrnstrom told cnn: that drew fire from rick santorum, in mandeville, louisiana which holds its primary on saturday. >> they think they have this you have an opportunity here in louisiana to make a very clear statement. you're not looking for someone who is the etch-a-sketch candidate, you're looking for someone who writes what they believe in stone and stays true to
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Mar 21, 2012 5:30pm EDT
were shelled by government tanks. jeb bush has endorsed mitt romney to be the republican nominee for president. he said he is the best choice to unseat president obama. thousands of mourners have been attending a memorial service in belgium for some of the victims of last week's bus crash in switzerland. 22 children and six adults died when that coach crashed in a road tunnel while the group was returning to belgium from a skiing holiday. 17 of the victims came from one village, where the ceremony took place. now perhaps in a relationship has been more fraught lately than that between the u.s. and afghanistan. today u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton met with the afghan prime minister and reaffirmed the goal of turning over security to afghan forces by 2014. but they said a strategic partnership agreements should be signed either before or at the chicago nato meeting in may. joining me is the author of the new book "pakistan on the brink." thank you very much indeed for joining us. from the outside, it looks as though relations between the u.s. and afghanistan are at their lowes
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Mar 27, 2012 11:00pm EDT
always been of the view that mitt romney is a strongest candidate we can nominate, i believe that because you win general elections by appealing to independent voters in the swing states and i think he is best-equipped to do that. i say that -- i don't believe in the conventional wisdom that the primary is going to kill -- the fighting is going to kill us because i think it strengthens or candidates. >> rose: what else to do you think about this general election that is coming up? >> well, i think we have an excellent chance to -- the economy is not coming back -- the economy always determines in the absence of actual war and peace, there is no other real -- people vote their pocketbooks. you see, it is the economy, the economy, and the economy that's it in that order. >> rose: is healthcare a huge negative for the president? >> i don't know the answer to that. it is a huge negative among many voters whoç hate to see the continued expansion. >> rose: of government. >> of the federal government. >> rose: even though they love their medicare. >> they love it. >> rose: they love their medi
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Mar 21, 2012 5:00am EDT
elections, it's mitt romney who has won in the state of illinois. now, he's extended his lead in that race for the u.s. presidency challenge after winning the most support there. his closest rival, rick santorum, came in second. >> each step. way, i learned more about what it is that makes our american system so powerful. you can't learn that teaching constitutional law at university of chicago, all right? you can't even learn that as a community organizer. the simple truth is that this president doesn't understand the genius of america's economy or the secret of the american economics success story. >> now, let's get a round of some other stories. a libyan government minister claims that colonel gaddafi's intelligence chief is going to be extradited. the announcement came from libya's deputy prime minister, but authorities do say no decision on extradition has been made yet. he was the man was arrested last week. he's wanted for alleged crimes against humanity during the course of last year's uprising. a car bomb has exploded in the somali capital of mogadishu. witnesses hearing bust
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Mar 25, 2012 4:00pm EDT
security and foreign policy to mitt romney. >> let me make this very clear, as president of the united states, i will devote myself to an american century and i will never, ever apologize for america. >> oh, yes, back in the late nineties, six years after the first gulf war and four years before 9/11, robert kagan and fellow neo-conservative bill kristol founded the project for the new american century and signed a letter to then-president bill clinton urging him to get rid of saddam hussein once and for all by any means necessary. in 2002, kagan and kristol wrote, "a devastating knockout blow against saddam hussein, followed by an american-sponsored effort to rebuild iraq and put it on a path toward democratic governance, would have a seismic impact on the arab world -- for the better." hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes, and nine years later we look back and see with perfect clarity how well jimmy stewart's america delivered in iraq. talk about wishful thinking. so next time president obama's looking for a book to read, better he pick up a copy of "the short american centu
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Mar 20, 2012 7:00pm EDT
are pretty sour about the state fiscal situation. >> tom: seemingly with argue for candidate romney tonight versus santorum, wouldn't it? >> it certainly would. i predict that romney will take about 2/3 to 3 / 4 of the 54 delegate at stake. santorum is only listed for 44 delegate total. so he can't, he's at a disadvantage going into the election. >> tom: of course we're talking about these federal politicians trying to tackle state issues. the man in the white house comes from the state of illinois. has president obama been able to help or hurt those state finances that you say are playing a role tonight in the g.o.p. contest? >> i think the president has been responsive where he can be, but the federal government can't really do much to resolve the state's problems. the state and many local governments are suffering because of the economy, which began to worsen before the president came into office. and we still struggle. so illinois has to dig its way out of its own hole, which was created by years of spending more than we were taking in, plus failure to pay our pension obligation
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Mar 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT
two southern states and emerge as the main rival to mitt romney. by most accounts, newt gingrich needed a strong showing in at least one of the states. and romney was making a late run to try to score an unexpected southern victory. republicans in hawaii and american samoa were also voting today. wall street roared ahead today on improving economic news, and a rally in bank stocks. the dow jones industrial average gained nearly 218 points to close at 13,177. the nasdaq rose 56 points to close near 3040. it was the first time the nasdaq has finished above 3,000 in more than eleven years. the fight over china's curbs on exporting rare earth metals heated up today. the metals are critical to everything from advanced batteries to hybrid cars, and china has been cutting its exports. the u.s., japan, and the european union filed a complaint today with the world trade organization. at the white house, president obama warned against trying to "skirt the rules" of international trade. >> being able to manufacture advanced batteries and hybrid cars in america is too important for us to sta
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Mar 26, 2012 6:00pm EDT
frontrunner mitt romney picked up new endorsements from conservative leaders. they included utah senator mike lee and california congressman kevin mccarthy. they urged the party to unite behind romney. but rick santorum insisted he had no plans to step aside after winning saturday's primary in louisiana. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: and we turn to the international summit to reduce nuclear weapons and stop the spread of nuclear material. the venue as much as the agenda has set the tone as 50 world leaders gathered in seoul, south korea, just days before the summit began, north korea, which may have at least a half dozen nuclear weapons, announced a missile test. it insisted it was to launch a satellite. in response, president obama reinforceed a u.s. commitment to south korea. visiting the heavily fortified demilitarized zone with nearly 30,000 american troops stationed nearby. >> the contrast between south korea and north korea could not be clearer. could not be starker. >> woodruff: he chastised the government of kim jong un the new
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Mar 28, 2012 6:00pm EDT
: meanwhile, officials with mitt romney's campaign said today they expect an endorsement from former president george herbert walker bush. the two men will meet in houston tomorrow. rising supplies of crude oil in the u.s. pushed prices down for a change today, and depressed energy stocks. that, in turn, sent wall street into a broader retreat. the dow jones industrial average lost 71 points to close at 13,126. the nasdaq fell 15 points to close below 3,105. a jetblue airways captain has now been charged with interfering with a flight crew. it happened tuesday on a flight from new york to las vegas. court documents say clatyton osbon ran through the plane, yelling about terrorists, before passengers wrestled him down. he was taken away in restraints after the plane made an emergency landing in amarillo, texas. osbon remained in a local hospital today, under medical evaluation. in syria, government forces captured the northern town of saraqeb overnight, after four days of fighting there killed more than 40 people. it was the latest in a series of rebel strongholds to fall. opposition
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Mar 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> brown: former massachusetts governor mitt romney signed into law a bill similar to the one passed on the federal level. but he told an audience in wisconsin today that if the court does not strike down the affordable care act, he hopes to repeal it. >> if "obamacare" is allowed to stand, government will directly control almost half of the u.s. economy. government must have... it's got to be smaller. it has to have strict limits placed on its power. "obamacare" violates both of those principles, and if i'm president, i will repeal it. ( applause ) >> woodruff: and today the republican national committee was criticized for releasing a web video that manipulated audio of u.s. solicitor general donald verrilli. the video was edited so it would exaggerate stumbles he made while arguing tuesday for the government in favor of the healthcare law. >> because the, uh-- the, uh... excuse me. >> woodruff: joining us now is marcia coyle with the "national law journal." she covers the supreme court for the newshour and she was there for the arguments this week. and welcome back. >> thanks, judy. >
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